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FIRE RESTRICTIONS

Inyo National Forest Announces more fire restrictions due to start today

July 29th
by Seth Conners

The Inyo National Forest is expanding fire restrictions to include wilderness areas of the Inyo National Forest.  Beginning today (Friday July 29th) the following restrictions will be in effect.
No campfires, briquette barbeques, or stove fires are allowed outside of designated developed recreation sites and specifically posted campsites or areas.  A list of designated campgrounds and recreation sites is available at visitor centers.  Persons with a valid California campfire permit (available free of charge at visitors centers) are not exempt from the prohibitions but are allowed to use portable stoves or lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel.
It is also prohibited to possess or discharge any fireworks including “safe and sane” fireworks.
Also, no smoking is allowed except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
Resorts, pack stations, recreation residences and other sites operated under a special use permit from the U.S. forest service may be exempt from the special orders, as long as any fire activity is conducted in compliance with their permit.

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Forest Service releases draft evals of potential wilderness areas

Forest Service shares draft evaluations of potential areas for wilderness recommendation in forest plan revisions 

submitted by the U.S. Forest Service

VALLEJO, California, December 18, 2015 – In an effort to keep the public engaged throughout the forest plan revision process for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests, the U.S. Forest Service is sharing our draft evaluations of lands that may be suitable for recommendation and inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System.

No new wilderness areas are being designated at this time. Only the Congress can designate wilderness.

We are revising the three forest plans using the 2012 Planning Rule, which requires us to conduct this wilderness evaluation. As part of this endeavor we are sharing several documents for public review including a draft wilderness evaluation report, maps, and tables that provide overviews of designated wilderness, recommended wilderness and potential recommended wilderness.

The public is invited to provide feedback on the areas currently being considered for analysis. We are also interested in public input regarding suitable uses and management of recommended wilderness. More information regarding the management of recommended wilderness can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions document on the wilderness evaluation webpage: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r5/landmanagement/planning/?cid=STELPRD3803608

Feedback may be submitted via web form at http://tinyurl.com/earlyadoptersfpr and is most useful if received by February 1, 2016. If you have questions or concerns please contact Christina Boston at 707-562-8837.
In the past year, we’ve opened public discussions on plan revisions as information was available, including:
June 2014: Preliminary wilderness inventory, step one of the wilderness evaluation process
August 2014: Began National Environmental Policy Act process for forest plan revisions; shared our final wilderness inventory
November 2014: Shared issues and concerns heard during public scoping
January 2015: Sierra Cascade Dialog session about monitoring programs
May 2015: Update on our wilderness evaluation progress
June 2015: Inyo National Forest hosted a wilderness evaluation public workshop
July 2015: Released draft proposed species of conservation concern lists
September 2015: Shared our process for wilderness evaluation and identifying areas for potential wilderness recommendation; Invited public feedback on our proposed draft monitoring programs
October 2015: Sierra Cascade Dialog session about wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, species of conservation concern, and the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail
December 2015: Shared our Wild and Scenic Rivers inventory and eligibility findings and additional information on draft proposed Species of Conservation Concern lists; invited public feedback
For more information about plan revision efforts, visit our website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r5/FPR

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